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Yankees get six players on All-Star team . . . for now

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) connects

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) connects for a three run homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Houston Astros. (June 12, 2010) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Six Yankees were named Sunday to the American League All-Star team, and a seventh and eighth could be on the way.

Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano were voted in as starters by the fans, as expected, and Alex Rodriguez was selected as a reserve by Yankees and AL manager Joe Girardi.

Three Yankees pitchers made it: CC Sabathia, Mariano Rivera and first-timer Phil Hughes. Sabathia was picked by Girardi; Hughes and Rivera were chosen by their peers on the players' ballot.

The peculiar nature of the tri-fold way in which All-Stars are selected nowadays and a new rule instituted this year means Sabathia most likely will be taken off the roster and replaced by Andy Pettitte - and Pettitte didn't seem to be thrilled with being left in limbo by Girardi.

Pettitte, who is 10-2 with a 2.82 ERA, can be added as a replacement for Sabathia under the new rule, which states that pitchers who start on the Sunday before the July 13 All-Star Game have to be replaced on the roster so the managers can have a full staff of 13 available pitchers.

Sabathia (10-3, 3.33) is scheduled to pitch Sunday in the Yankees' final game before the break. In theory, any pitcher could be named to replace him, but with Girardi the skipper for the All-Star Game, it would seem that Pettitte has a nearly 100 percent chance of going to Anaheim.

"That's pretty right on," Girardi said. "The one thing about being the manager and knowing your rotation is you know who's going on Sunday . . . I thought CC was very deserving, as well as Andy - Andy's very deserving - and I would hate the fact that one guy wouldn't make it because he was pitching on Sunday. In this case, we can have a couple lefthanders."

One of the lefthanders, though, made it clear he doesn't love Girardi's machinations in this situation. Pettitte is not good at hiding his emotions, and when asked if he would make arrangements to bring his family to Anaheim, he tellingly said, "I don't know what I'm going to do."

He added, "Hope everything works out. If we can take more guys from the team, it's a good situation. Hopefully, it works out and I get to go."

Sabathia, if replaced on the roster, still would get to go to the game and be considered an All-Star. It's his fourth selection.

The other Yankee who hopes to get to go is Nick Swisher. Neither Swisher nor Brett Gardner, both having excellent seasons, made the team. Swisher, however, still could be added as one of five players for whom fans can vote on MLB.com for the final roster spot until 4 p.m. Thursday.

Swisher is joined by Paul Konerko (White Sox), Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox), Delmon Young (Twins) and Michael Young (Rangers).

"I feel like I'm on Miss America or something," said Swisher, who taped a plea for votes holding a surfboard (because the game is in SoCal, get it?) that was shown on the Yankee Stadium scoreboard Sunday and can be viewed on Yankees.com.

"I think it would be such an honor for me," he said. "It would mean the world to me and my family, being able to represent your team and your city . . . So now hopefully, my creatures get everybody and vote on that last spot."

It is the 13th time Rodriguez has been named an All-Star. Jeter and Rivera will be All-Stars for the 11th time (sixth start for Jeter). It's the second selection and first start for Cano.

The happiest Yankee probably was Hughes, who lives in Mission Viejo, Calif., and said the game will be "right in my back yard."

"I'm really excited about it," said Hughes (10-2, 3.83), who was told about an hour before starting yesterday's game against Toronto. Hughes allowed five runs in six innings and got a no-decision in the Yankees' 7-6, 10-inning win.

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